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RATINGS: 797   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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Barley, wheat, rye and oats provide the foundation for this big stout. Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, creme brulee. Belgian yeast provides a plum-like fruitiness, noble German hops reveal spicy, herbal notes, while the rich, velvety mouthfeel mellows to a dry, smoky finish. Such a robust beer stands well by itself, but also makes a wonderful end-note to any rich, indulgent meal. Discover the secret of combining this roasty ale to sweets, by pairing with dark chocolate or caramel, or even by pouring it over ice cream.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Pours a lacing tan head with a dark brown body. Aromas of alcohol, fruity, roasted, and a little cocoa nib. Flavor is fruity, roasted, alcohol, hint of cocoa, little brewed coffee note in the bitterness. Sticky, yet dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours an inky black, opaque body with a large, brown, scoopable head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, light roast, a touch of coffee, and elusive hints of dark fruit. More of the above in the flavor along with licorice and some faint star anise. A pleasant roasty bitterness accompanies the malt and spice. Body is medium-full with average carbonation that borders on slightly aggressive. Bitter finish with contributions from both the hops and roast. Overall a super pleasant stout. Props to Boulevard on another Smokestack well done!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5024) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Corked and caged via kuphish. Pitch pour, beautifully creamy, lacing big head. Light alcohol, roast, chocolate nose. Very airy, light chocolate and roast taste, but just so light and CREAMY, like a cloud. Low bitterness and mild figgy darkness. Very subdued berry and some licorice, finished with a bare hint of smoke. Sort of an imperialized Beamish (donít know how representative my memory is). Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1258) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Very black pour; big dark brown head. Semi-sweet aroma with a bit of chocolate. A creamy beer, a bit of lactose to it. Lots of roastiness in the finish. This is very good, but it gets a bit syrupy to me as it goes. A very good stout, but not a great one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2161) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 30, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2012 650 ml bottle courtesy of soonah. Thanks John. Pours an opaque black color with a medium tan head that has fair retention. The aroma is earthy with dark fruits, coffee and roasted grains. The flavor is robust with burnt notes, coffee, mocha, biter walnuts, prunes and dark rye bread. The palate is full and malty with lively carbonation. The finish is long with lingering biter roasted grains. Overall: I havenít had a stout in a while and this fit the bill quite nicely, I was really in the mood for this. Re-rate 0n 3-28-2012, still great, bottle from freehafe. thanks.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2010
750ML bottle. Poured a very dark black color with a very nice two finger tan head. Aroma was very dark. Roasted malts, coffee, lots of chocolate coming through. Flavor was burnt notes, with toffee, caramel, and coffee. Aftertaste was somewhat bitter with the lingering taste of the burnt coffee beans. Some vanilla in there as well. Very rich and creamy. A very very good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6616) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2010 750 ml bottle shared at DLD í10. Iím not sure which one this was. Andy brought one, rapebeer allegedly brought one, foppa78 might have had one with his crew- thanks to whoever poured this in my glass. Pours a nice dark opaque brown with a small tan head. Shawn is right in pointing out the Belgian yeast present in this- seems like it could qualify as a foreign stout and maybe not an imperial stout; maybe itís somewhere in between. It also hits the familiar notes for an imperial stout, with chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, and some herbal hops. But in a day where I tried some unbelievable ones, this one didnít stand out. Still a pretty good beer, though. Re-Rate, 12/15/10: Iíve had this a few more times now and each time I like it less. Itís just got this overwhelming Belgian yeast thing going on that detracts from any of the rich imperial stout notes that I normally like so much. Too much banana, yeast, plum, and muddled sweetness. Iíd take the Imperial Stout Boulevard used to brew any day of the week over this so-so Belgian stout.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2010
Pours black, with a tan fluffy head. Aroma is dominated by malt, with caramel, coffee, chocolate, milk. Sweet aroma. Feels slightly flat on the tongue, somewhat light body for the style. I expected this to be more sweet from the aroma, but it is actually fairly hoppy. Finishes the same, with some hops lingering for a good while. Not bad, but I feel like it needs more of a malt backbone.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3260) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 25, 2010
bottle shared by rapebeer at DLD 2010. Thanks nick. A quaffable belgian stout with some cheese cltoh, doughy belgian yeast, and cocoa notes. Decent stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Odeed (1779) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
Black body with a light brown head.Aroma is belgian yeast and light roasted malts.Same with the flavor.Itís kinda bland in my opinion.


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